Orr, James, M.A., D.D. The sects of Cathars and Waldensians were a common target, and these heretics were not only persecuted for alleged satanism, but were increasingly accused of fornication and sodomy. When, however, we turn to more modern views, we discover a remarkable variance from these conclusions. Robinson, Schaff, Baedeker, Lieutenant Lynch and others favor this view. Sodom. However, the difficulty of proving that penetration and ejaculation had occurred meant that men were often convicted of the lesser charge of "assault with sodomitical intent," which was not a capital offence. (c) A third argument, and perhaps the weightiest of the three, is the existence of the salt mountain at the south of the lake, and its tendency to split off in columnar masses presenting a rude resemblance to the human form. Genesis 18–19. [58] This also coincides with traditional Jewish interpretations of these texts as well.[59]. The Lord informed Abraham that "the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous" (Genesis 18:20). The opinion long current that the five cities were submerged in the lake, and that their remains--walls, columns and capitals--might he still discerned below the water, hardly needs refutation after the distinct statement and the constant implication of Scripture. Some catastrophe there undoubtedly was but what secondary agencies, besides fire, were employed in the accomplishment of the punishment cannot be safely determined in the almost total absence of exact scientific description of the natural features of the ground round the lake. (vss. See The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010), 809 for some important points: by 'sodomy' was understood all homosexual activity and not only anal intercourse; by the later Middle Ages, civil courts were as much involved as ecclesiastical ones; though accusations became frequent, the number of condemned remained low, and the number of executed very low. The last two Englishmen that were hanged for sodomy were executed in 1835. It was located on south of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 16:46) and on Canaan’s southern border (Genesis 10:19). [54] The 13th-century Jewish scholar, Nachmanides, wrote: “According to our sages, they were notorious for every evil, but their fate was sealed for their persistence in not supporting the poor and the needy.” His contemporary, Rabbenu Yonah, expresses the same view: “Scripture attributes their annihilation to their failure to practice tzedakah [charity or justice].”[55] "Entry for 'SODOM'". of The phrase rendered "sexual immorality and unnatural desire" is translated "strange flesh" or "false flesh", but it is not entirely clear what it refers to. According to Smith’s Bible Dictionary, Sodom was one of the most ancient cities of Syria. The miserable fate of Sodom and Gomorrah is held up as a warning in numerous passages of the Old and New Testaments. Bibliography Information Bugger is still commonly used in modern English as an exclamation, while "buggery" is synonymous with the act of sodomy. Proud member [70] In practice, few modern Muslim countries have legal systems based fully on Shariah, and an increasing number of Muslims do not look to shariah but to the Quran itself for moral guidance. The New Testament uses these cities as examples of behavior that God’s people need to avoid. General Editor. Abram lived in the land of Canaan, … It is commonly mentioned in connection with Gomorrah, but also with Admah and Zeboim, and on one occasion -- ( Genesis 14:1 ) ... --with Bela or Zoar. [citation needed], Christians earlier than Justinian are also seen to denounce same-sex relations. 141 (dating 559) amended to his Corpus iuris civilis, and declared that Sodom's sin had been specifically same-sex activities and desire for them. His assessment goes beyond the Biblical data, though it is seen by conservatives as defining what manner of fornication (Jude 1:7) Sodom was given to. This view was widely rejected by medieval scholars, but has found some acceptance in modern times. [27], The Jewish historian Josephus used the term "Sodomites" in summarizing the Genesis narrative: "About this time the Sodomites grew proud, on account of their riches and great wealth; they became unjust towards men, and impious towards God, in so much that they did not call to mind the advantages they received from him: they hated strangers, and abused themselves with Sodomitical practices" "Now when the Sodomites saw the young men to be of beautiful countenances, and this to an extraordinary degree, and that they took up their lodgings with Lot, they resolved themselves to enjoy these beautiful boys by force and violence; and when Lot exhorted them to sobriety, and not to offer any thing immodest to the strangers, but to have regard to their lodging in his house; and promised that if their inclinations could not be governed, he would expose his daughters to their lust, instead of these strangers; neither thus were they made ashamed." The word is used in a typical sense in Revelation 11:8. They were located in a fertile valley, south of the Dead Sea, which in modern times is partially covered with water. This happens in Deuteronomy 29; Isaiah 1, 3, and 13; Jeremiah 49 and 50; Lamentations 4; Amos 4.11; and Zephaniah 2.9. Answer: The biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah is recorded in Genesis chapters 18-19. 3, taking a survey of the land around and below them. Commenting on the story of Sodom from Genesis 19. Sodom and Gomorrah, notoriously sinful cities in the biblical book of Genesis, destroyed by “sulfur and fire” because of their wickedness (Genesis 19:24). The Authorized King James Version translates Deuteronomy 23:17 as: "There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel," but the word corresponding to "sodomite" in the Hebrew original, Qadesh (Hebrew:קדש), does not refer to Sodom, and has been translated in the New International Version as "shrine prostitute"; male shrine prostitutes may have served barren women in fertility rites rather than engaging in homosexual acts; this also applies to other instances of the word sodomite in the King James Version.[19][20]. In this regard, Ian McCormick has argued that "an adequate and imaginative reading involves a series of intertextual interventions in which histories become stories, fabrications and reconstructions in lively debate with, and around, 'dominant' heterosexualities ... Deconstructing what we think we see may well involve reconstructing ourselves in surprising and unanticipated ways. Such pure concentrations of sulfur have not been found anywhere else in the world. (b) Another consideration in favor of placing the cities at the southern end of the lake is the existence of similar names in that direction. However, in several of these, other crimes were involved as well. In Ezekiel 16, a long comparison is made between Sodom and the kingdom of Judah. (Gen.19:4–7 compare). The wickedness of the city became proverbial. The brimstone or sulfur pellets are composed of 99% pure sulfur. From the verb שדד (sadad), to harrow or plough a field, or the verb שדד (shadad), to act violently. [48][49][50] In practice, sodomy laws have rarely been enforced against heterosexual couples, and have mostly been used to target homosexuals. Main Entry: sod, The works of Philo a contemporary of Josephius, "ANF08. In their view, the sins of Sodom were related more to violation of hospitality laws than sexual sins. Meaning: burning; the walled. It thus appears that on the situation of Sodom no satisfactory conclusion can at present be readied: On the one hand, the narrative of Genesis seems to state positively that it lay at the northern end of the Dead Sea. In 1307, accusations of sodomy and homosexuality were major charges levelled during the Trial of the Knights Templar. Similar to the time of Sodom and Gomorrah, evil is all around us in today's society, from lying and stealing to pornography, drugs, illicit sex, and violence. Sod is used as slang in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and is considered mildly offensive. This does not imply that sodomites necessarily lived in security—specific police agents, for instance, watched the Tuileries, even then a known “cruising area.” But, as with much sexual behaviour under the Old Regime, discretion was a key concern on all sides (especially since members of prominent families were sometimes implicated); the law seemed most concerned with those who were the least discreet. The Norwegian word sodomi carries both senses. Genesis, 111; Robinson, BR, II, 187; G. A. Smith, HGHL, 505; Blanckenhorn, ZDPV, XIX, 1896, 53; Baedeker-Socin, Palestine, 143; Buhl, GAP, 117, 271, 274. Lot protests that the "messengers" are his guests and offers the Sodomites his virgin daughters instead, but then they threaten to "do worse" with Lot than they would with his guests. In the course of the eighteenth century, what is identifiable as sodomy often becomes identified with effeminacy, for example, or in opposition to a discourse of manliness. [53] Among these 69 countries, 44 of them criminalize not only male homosexuality but also female homosexuality. Sodom and Gomorrah sites have been discovered along the shore of the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem. To anti-gay Christians, God's destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in chapter 19 of the Book of Genesis is a warning to people like me. Two angels are invited by Lot to take refuge with his family for the night. No trace of it or of the other cities of the plain has been discovered, so complete was their destruction. Sodomy or buggery (British English) is generally anal or oral sex between people or sexual activity between a person and a non-human animal (bestiality), but it may also mean any non-procreative sexual activity. (a) "Lot," says he, "fled to Zoar, which was. "[15], The modern English word "bugger" is derived from the French term bougre, that evolved from the Latin Bulgarus or "Bulgarian". sod'-um (cedhom; Sodoma) One of the 5 CITIES OF THE PLAIN (which see), destroyed by fire from heaven in the time of Abraham and Lot (Genesis 19:24). There is no explicit mention of any sexual sin in Ezekiel's summation and "abomination" is used to describe many sins. Benedictus most probably was of the Germanic tribe of the Franks. any very sinful, corrupt, vice-ridden place. But back at Michael's apartment, Will is sent into a tailspin of shame and confusion. Persecution of Cathars and the Bogomiles sect in Bulgaria led to the use of a term closely related to sodomy: buggery derives from French bouggerie, meaning "of Bulgaria. Biblical scholars disagree on what "know" in this instance refers to, but most of conservative Christianity interprets it to mean "sexual intercourse,"[60][61] while the opposing position interprets it to mean "interrogate. Sodom and Gomorrah have come to represent the epitome of evil. The idea that homosexual intercourse was involved as at least a part of the evil of Sodom arises from the story in Genesis 19 (NIV): Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. Sodom was probably located in plain South of the Dead Sea, now covered with water. Eastward of them, and absolutely at their feet, lay the "circle of Jordan." [71], Despite the formal disapproval of religious authority, gender segregation in Muslim societies and the strong emphasis on virility leads some adolescents and unmarried young men to seek alternative sexual outlets to women, especially with males younger than themselves. Sodom was evidently the chief town in the settlement. From all these passages, though much is obscure, two things seem clear: That Sodom and the rest of the cities of the plain of Jordan stood on the north of the Dead Sea; That neither the cities nor the district were submerged by the lake, but that the cities were overthrown and the land spoiled, and that it may still be seen in its desolate condition. Directed by Mark Wilshin. But Ezekiel doesn’t target either of those primarily. [citation needed] Benedictus broadened the meaning for sodomy to all sexual acts not related to procreation that were therefore deemed counter nature (so for instance, even solitary masturbation and anal intercourse between a male and a female were covered), while among these, he still emphasized all interpersonal acts not taking place between human men and women, especially homosexuality. Some modern translations as the NIV render it as "sexual immorality.". Question: "What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?" As in Sodom the men of the city come and demand their assumed right to abuse the stranger. It seems to have been universally held by the medieval historians and pilgrims, and it is adopted by modern topographers probably without exception. The men of Sodom surround Lot's house and demand that he bring the messengers out so that they may "know" them (the expression includes sexual connotations). Justinian's interpretation of the story of Sodom may have been forgotten today (as some[who?] I.118, "An Author Learned of a Mortifying Research Mistake Live on the Radio. Sodom was a city in the valley of Siddim (Genesis 13:10; 14:1-16). [ 5 ] The old man offers them his virgin daughter and the Levite's concubine, but the Levite insists that only his woman be taken. Genesis 18:20 says, “And the Lord said, ’The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave.’” Indeed, not even ten righteous people could be found in the city. Its use in the parallel story in Judges 19 is also invoked in support of this meaning,[64][65] with it otherwise providing the only instance of "knowing" someone by violence. See ARABAH; CITIES OF THE PLAIN; DEAD SEA. Some suggest the sinfulness for which Sodom was destroyed might have consisted mainly in the violation of obligations of hospitality, which were important for the original writers of the Biblical account. In the Hebrew Bible, Sodom was a city destroyed by God because of the evil of its inhabitants. (d) (A fourth and yet stronger argument is drawn from the fact that Abraham saw the smoke of the burning cities from Hebron. [11] The same goes for the Polish sodomia. The Twelve Patriarchs, Excerpts and Epistles, The Clementia, Apocrypha, Decretals, Memoirs of Edessa and Syriac Documents, Remains of the First - Christian Classics Ethereal Library", Book of the Secrets of Enoch (Slavonic Apocalypse of) 10:4; in J recension Ch. In the midst of the garden the four cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboim appear to have been situated. The men’s homosexual lust is obvious, but again, anal sex is not mentioned in the passage. These catastrophic events were confirmed in the Bible and by the Words of Jesus. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The Church used it as a term of offence against a group they considered heretical. Albigensian". Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them." In 11 of them, homosexuality is punished with the death penalty.[52]. One theory is that it is just a reference to the "strange flesh" of the intended rape victims, who were angels, not men. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. The connection between Sodom and homosexuality is derived from the described attempt by a mob of the city's people to rape Lot's male guests. Learn how and when to remove this template message, Paragraph 175 StGB, version of June 28, 1935, Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary. Sodomy laws in many countries criminalized the behavior. The Sin of Sodom. So where is Sodom, according to the Biblical geography of Genesis 13? That Sodom and the rest of the cities of the plain of Jordan stood on the north of the Dead Sea; That neither the cities nor the district were submerged by the lake, but that the cities were overthrown and the land spoiled, and that it may still be seen in its desolate condition. [72] Not all sodomy is homosexual—for some young men, heterosexual sodomy is considered better than vaginal penetration, and female prostitutes report demand for anal penetration from their male clients.[73]. Sodom and Gomorrah are two of the Old Testament’s most infamously sinful cities. Sodom and Gomorrah in Modern TImes . Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. ver. [16] The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology quotes a similar form: "bowgard" (and "bouguer"), but claims that the Bulgarians were heretics "as belonging to the Greek Church, sp. Benedict's three capitularies, particularly dealing with Justinian's interpretation of the story of Sodom, were: Burning had been part of the standard penalty for homosexual behavior, particularly common in Germanic protohistory (as according to Germanic folklore, sexual deviance and especially same-sex desire were caused by a form of malevolence or spiritual evil called nith, rendering those people characterized by it as non-human fiends, as nithings). The exact details about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah remain a mystery. There are several grounds for this belief; but the main point on which Dr. Robinson rests his argument is the situation of Zoar. The Hellenistic Jewish philosopher, Philo (20 BCE – 50 CE), described the inhabitants of Sodom in an extra-biblical account: "As men, being unable to bear discreetly a satiety of these things, get restive like cattle, and become stiff-necked, and discard the laws of nature, pursuing a great and intemperate indulgence of gluttony, and drinking, and unlawful connections; for not only did they go mad after other women, and defile the marriage bed of others, but also those who were men lusted after one another, doing unseemly things, and not regarding or respecting their common nature, and though eager for children, they were convicted by having only an abortive offspring; but the conviction produced no advantage, since they were overcome by violent desire; and so by degrees, the men became accustomed to be treated like women, and in this way engendered among themselves the disease of females, and intolerable evil; for they not only, as to effeminacy and delicacy, became like women in their persons, but they also made their souls most ignoble, corrupting in this way the whole race of men, as far as depended on them" (133-35; ET Jonge 422-23). Others, the earliest of whom was Derrick Sherwin Bailey, claim that this passage contradicts the traditional interpretation altogether. Its direct reference is to Lot (لوط Lūṭ in Arabic) and a more literal interpretation of the word is "the practice of Lot", but more accurately it means "the practice of Lot's people" (the Sodomites) rather than Lot himself. an ancient city destroyed, with Gomorrah, because of its wickedness. (v. 47, NASB) "Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. The Greek words for "strange flesh" are "heteros," which almost always basically denotes "another/other," and "sarx," a common word for "flesh," and usually refers to the physical body or the nature of man or of an ordinance. (v. 7, English Standard Version). In Judges 19–21, there is an account, similar in many ways, where Gibeah, a city of the Benjamin tribe, is destroyed by the other tribes of Israel in revenge for a mob of its inhabitants raping and killing a woman. The Epistle of Jude in the New Testament echoes the Genesis narrative and potentially adds the sexually immoral aspects of Sodom's sins: "just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire". Then the angels strike the Sodomites blind, "so that they wearied themselves to find the door" (Genesis 19:4-11, KJV). The biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah is found in Genesis 18 and 19. [5][6] Sodomy laws in many countries criminalized the behavior. From an unused verb סדם (sadam), to burn. Sodom and its sister cities are located in the large oval-shaped, fertile plain just north of the Dead Sea called simply ha-kikkar, or “the Disk” (Genesis 13, verse 13). [51], As of June 2019, 69 countries as well as five sub-national jurisdictions[a] have laws criminalizing homosexuality. The name is still preserved in Jebel Usdum (Mt. There are several grounds for this belief; but the main point on which Dr. Robinson rests his argument is the situation of Zoar. The city was destroyed by fire from heaven in the time of Abraham and Lot (Genesis 19:24). The sin of sodomy was an offense against nature frequently connected with idolatrous practices (see Rawlinson, History of Phoenicia). See SODOMITE. As one word, it is not used elsewhere in the New Testament, but occurs in the Septuagint to denote whoredom (Genesis 38:24 and Exodus 34:15). The wickedness of the city became proverbial. ( Mark 8:11 ; 2 Peter 2:6 ; Jude 1:4-7 ). 10. The fate of Sodom and Gomorrah is used as a warning to those who reject the gospel (Matthew 10:15; 11:24; 2 Peter 2:6; Jude 1:7). The New Testament, like the Old Testament, references Sodom as a place of God's anger against sin, but the Epistle of Jude provides a certain class of sin as causative of its destruction, the meaning of which is disputed. [39] It is this event which led into the medieval and early-modern witch hunts that were also largely connoted with sodomy.[40]. In the subsequent account of their destruction, ( Genesis 19:1 ) ... the topographical terms are employed with all the precision which is characteristic of such early times. What was the sin for which God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? The story of Sodom's destruction—and of Abraham's failed attempt to intercede with God and prevent that destruction—appears in Genesis 18–19. In the Western world, many of these laws have been overturned or are not routinely enforced. [citation needed] Roman Emperor Justinian I, in his novels no. Notice the wording of this passage in Genesis 19:4–9 , 3 they wanted Lot to offer them the men (angels in the form of men) as sexual playthings. Sodom and Gomorrah, like Admah, Zeboim, and Zoar, were Biblically considered "cities of the plain" (Genesis 10:19). The northeast gate had two flanking towers with massive stone and timber foundations, possibly the gate in which Lot sat (Genesis 19:1). Sodom and gomorrah definition at Dictionary.com, a free online dictionary with pronunciation, synonyms and translation. [18] Sodom definition is - a place notorious for vice or corruption. Sodom was evidently the chief town in the settlement. (burning ), one of the most ancient cities of Syria. Some of these charges were specifically directed at the Grand Master of the order, Jacques de Molay. But, A more serious departure from the terms of the ancient history is exhibited in the prevalent opinion that the cities stood at the south end of the lake. From (1) the verb סדד (sadad), to join or יסד (yasad), to assemble, and (2) the pronoun ־מ (-m), their. Sodomy (/ˈsɒdəmi/) or buggery (British English) is generally anal or oral sex between people or sexual activity between a person and a non-human animal (bestiality), but it may also mean any non-procreative sexual activity. 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Sodom). After all, G‑d destroyed them with fire and brimstone. G. Legman "The Guilt of the Templars" (New York: Basic Books, 1966): 11. --ED.) Bab edh-Dhra (Sodom) is the largest of the two sites, the 7 meter wide (23 feet) city wall enclosed 9-10 acres with gates located at the west and the northeast. [citation needed], The primarily sexual meaning of the word sodomia for Christians did not evolve before the 6th century AD. These sub-national jurisdictions are: the provinces of Aceh and South Sumatra (Indonesia), the Cook Islands (New Zealand), Gaza (Palestine) and Chechnya (Russia). Bible Dictionaries - Easton's Bible Dictionary - Sodom, Bible Dictionaries - Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary - Sodom, Bible Dictionaries - Smith's Bible Dictionary - Sodom, Encyclopedias - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Sodom, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. However, you probably know them best from Sodom's historical association with homosexuality and hardline religious warnings circa 2013 that America would suffer the exact same fate the moment the Supreme Court allowed gay marriage, a prophecy that's up there with "Betamax is the future of home entertainment" in the accuracy stakes. [70] For sodomy within marriage, the majority of Shiite interpreters hold that: ⑴ anal intercourse, while strongly disliked, is not haram (forbidden) provided the wife agrees; and ⑵, if the wife does not agree, then it is preferable to refrain. (e) A fifth argument is found in the numerous lime-pits found at that southern end of the Dead Sea. [in 1897]. Just opposite the site of Zoar, on the south-west coast of the Dead Sea, is a range of low hills, forming a mass of mineral salt called Jebel Usdum, "the hill of Sodom." It is necessary to notice how absolutely the cities are identified with the district. The traditional interpretation sees the primary sin of Sodom as being homoerotic sexual acts,[56][57] connecting the Sodom narrative with Leviticus 18, which lists various sexual crimes, which, according to verses 27 and 28, would result in the land being "defiled": for the inhabitants of the land, who were before you, committed all of these abominations, and the land became defiled; otherwise the land will vomit you out for defiling it, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. It has been concluded, from this and from other considerations, that the cities of the plain stood at the southern end of the Dead Sea. Dillmann. This appears to, have been the belief of Josephus and Jerome. hold it had been, along with his law novelizations regarding homosexual behavior immediately after his death) had it not been made use of in fake Charlemagnian capitularies, fabricated by a Frankish monk using the pseudonym Benedictus Levita ("Benedict the Levite") around 850 AD, as part of the Pseudo-Isidore. It seems to have been universally held by the medieval historians and pilgrims, and it is adopted by modern topographers probably without exception. In Danish, sodomi is rendered as "unnatural carnal knowledge with someone of the same sex or (now) with animals".[12]. The catastrophe by which they were destroyed is described in ( Genesis 19:1 ) ... as a shower of brimstone and fire from Jehovah. This came about with the Medieval Inquisition in 1184. Salem Media Group. 20-year-old Will is on his stag-do when, handcuffed to a lamppost, he is rescued by Michael. Some scholars, such as Per-Axel Sverker, align this passage with the traditional interpretation, claiming that the word abomination refers to sexual misconduct, and that while homoerotic acts were not the only reason Sodom and Gomorrah were condemned, it was a significant part of the picture. (The word 'sod' also has a meaning of "(clump of) earth" with an unrelated etymology, in which sense it is rare but not offensive. While the Quran clearly disapproves of the sexual practices of the "people of Lot" ("What, of all creatures do ye come unto the males, and leave the wives your Lord created for you? On the other hand, long-continued tradition and the names of the existing spots seem to pronounce with almost equal positiveness that it was at its southern end. All rights reserved. Others, however, with much greater probability, contend that they stood at the northern end of the sea. Specific sins which Sodom is linked to by the prophets of the Old Testament are adultery and lying (Jeremiah 23:14). Records from the Bastille and the police lieutenant d'Argenson, as well as other sources, show that many who were arrested were exiled, sent to a regiment, or imprisoned in places (generally the hospital) associated with moral crimes (such as prostitution). Those who oppose the interpretation of sexual intent toward Lot's guests point out that there are over 930 occurrences of the Hebrew word (yâda‛) for "know" in the Old Testament, and its use to denote sexual intercourse only occurs about a dozen times, and in the Septuagint it is not rendered sexually. In those languages, the term is also often current vernacular (not just legal, unlike in other cultures) and a formal way of referring to any practice of anal penetration; the word sex is commonly associated with consent and pleasure with regard to all involved parties and often avoids directly mentioning two common aspects of social taboo—human sexuality and the anus—without a shunning or archaic connotation to its use. Laws prohibiting sodomy were seen frequently in past Jewish, Christian, and Islamic civilizations, but the term has little modern usage outside Africa, Asia, and the United States. Originally, the term sodomy, which is derived from the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Book of Genesis, was commonly restricted to anal sex. The reasonable presumption is that the men of Sodom wanted to have forcible anal sex with the angels. Cities of Sodom from Genesis 19 the land of Canaan, … Sodom and Gomorrah is in. 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